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Teams have been working round the clock to restore power after high winds brought down lines and closed the resort. On Monday the resort reopened UPDATED

"It's official, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is planning to open on Monday! Thank you for your patience during the closure," the resort said late on Saturday night on its Facebook page.

And on Monday it did open - 6 days after being forced to close by a huge storm.  This is how it announced the news.

Its official - Jackson Hole is openIts official - Monday morning & Jackson Hole is open












A massive storm on Tuesday night blew down over 17 steel power poles along Highway 390.

This caused a power cut and Teton Village, at the base of the ski area, lost power.

"This power outage is being addressed by Lower Valley Energy, but the significance of this damage will be impacting Teton Village for up to seven days. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will not be operating until further notice. Thanks for your patience," said a statement from the resort.

In an update at 8.45 am Sunday Jackson Hole Mountain Resort said: 

"As of yesterday afternoon power has been restored to Teton Village and the Jackson Hole Airport.  JHMR will remain closed today for skiing and riding, and will re-open tomorrow, Monday, February 13th. JHMR is planning to have most lifts, retail outlets and restaurants open on Monday.

"Today, operations staff will be on the mountain bringing power and water back into all the base and on-mountain buildings, restocking restaurants, and testing lift and ticketing operations to ensure everything is functional after the outage.

"Today, Sunday, February 12th there will be some services open in Teton Village including, Jackson Hole Sports, the General Store, Café 6311 and Nick Wilsons.

"JHMR received 1 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, and our snow depths are now 138 inches on the upper mountain and 93 inches at mid-mountain.  Total snowfall so far this season is 434 inches."

The repair teams have been working 24-hours a day to get things back to normal (see some of the work undertaken so far in the drone footage below).

Wooden poles are being used in place of steel as a temporary measure until the summer when new steel poles will replace them.

A state of emergency has been declared by the authorities:

"Due to the extended nature of Tuesday evening's power outage and the anticipation of continuing impacts from hazardous weather conditions throughout the weekend, Teton County has declared a state of emergency through Monday, Feb. 13, for Teton Village and neighboring subdivisions and private lands impacted by the power outage.

"The declaration is intended to provide a unifying statement recognizing the large-scale and wide-ranging community efforts to address significant winter storm conditions that began on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7, including, but not limited to, power outages, anticipated flooding and heavy snowfall, increased risk of avalanche, and ongoing impacts to the transportation."

There are a number of British visitors in the resort as it is a popular US resort at this time of year.

"Inghams has guests in Jackson Hole, all of whom have been out in resort for 10-14 days already. All are safe and well and there is power in all of our guests' hotels," said Louise Newton from Inghams.

"We understand that the resort will be fully back to normal on or shortly after the 12th Feb, so we have no operational concerns at this time. Unused lift tickets will be refunded," she added.

All people are being assured they will get a full refund on their lift ticket but are asked not to request one at the moment.

"This was a very unusual event for us. This will probably be the longest time that we will have to close during our operating season in our history," said Anna Cole, a spokeswoman for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, to The New York Times.

"Safety is the first concern, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff to come to Teton Village through the weekend. There is also the request for no unnecessary travel to Teton Village through the weekend as another winter storm approaches," said the resort.

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The drone footage below shows the extent of the damage caused by the storm.

The resort asks for everyone to stay off the mountain and not to hike or walk up if they find the fresh powder tempting.

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Teton Village is not officially evacuated, but it "is turning into a ghost town right now," said Sgt. Matt Carr of Teton County Sheriff's Office to local media. 

Hotels have decided to close and many residents are staying with friends in town.

The last few days in Jackson Hole have seen near record snowfalls.

In an earlier Instagram post, Jackson Hole commented, "With near record setting snowfall, accumulation at the top of the Tram has caused clearance challenges. As our Tram Maintenance and Ski Patrol teams work to clear the snow, we will need to run at reduced capacity."

Too much snow & power outage at Jackson HoleToo much snow & power outage at Jackson Hole


















The resort will publish all the latest information including details about refunds for lift passes on its web site.

We will update this story as we get more information and we understand arrangements are being made for British people who were planning to travel to the resort in the next few days.

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